January events that are FREE

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Tight on money after all that holiday shopping? Don’t even worry about it because there are always events going on in Chicago that are completely FREE.

Here’s a quick guide for you and your friends and family.

ZooLights

Head over to Lincoln Park Zoo to experience the magnificent displays of lights and holiday-season activities all throughout the zoo celebrating the holidays. From live ice-sculpture carving, to jamming out to holiday music, to great activities for your kids, there’s a lot you and your family can do!

For more information on dates, times, and the festive activities going on, visit http://www.lpzoo.org/zoolights-presented-comed-and-powershares-qqq-invesco

Holiday Flower Show

Each year the Garfield Park Conservatory throws the annual end-of-year flower show – this year with the theme being “Fire & Ice”. They feature many beautiful holiday floras, and it’s a great place to go if you’re interested in nature and taking photos!

For more information on dates and time, visit https://www.timeout.com/chicago/things-to-do/holiday-flower-show#tab_panel_3

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Do you enjoy comedic sketches? Then the Sketch Comedy Festival is the place for you to go to see a line-up of fantastic, hilarious performers. This festival is the perfect place to go with your friends and family to enjoy a night of comedy!

For more information on the start date and time, visit https://www.timeout.com/chicago/comedy/the-chicago-sketch-comedy-festival#tab_panel_3

Free Museum Days (Specific dates for all museums)

The Alder Planetarium, Museum of Science & Industry, Field Museum, or Shedd Aquarium you name it. These museums (and more!) have free admission dates for Illinois residents throughout January.

For more information on the dates, visit https://chicago.thelocaltourist.com/freemuseumdays